Author: Lenore Warton (New South Wales, Australia)
I was shocked and saddened to hear last year of my cousin’s sudden death at the age of 64. I was even more shocked when I found out I was named among a group of five people to each receive a small inheritance. I could understand why the two friends would be included in his will; they had been close friends for decades. And the two other cousins had a much closer relationship with him; they did more to help him when he was ill. I hadn’t had the same type of relationship and I felt unworthy of such a gift. Why did he choose me, not only to receive his gift, but to have an equal share in it? When I questioned the executor of the will I was told that my cousin had loved me and wanted me to have a share.
I see a reminder of Christ’s relationship with humans. God loves us and sent Jesus to die so that we can receive salvation. Our inheritance isn’t determined by how long we have travelled with Christ. Even when we feel as if we don’t deserve it, we are all entitled to equal shares in God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Loving God, it’s hard to accept that we don’t have to be worthy to receive an equal share in the kingdom. Thank you for your life so freely given. Amen